MEL

THE STATE OF THE GENDER DIVIDE
Lessons from trying to make content for men during Weinstein and #MeToo.

A CONVERSATION WITH JAX TAYLOR
Reality TV’s most notorious bad boy on why his kind of evil isn’t malicious; the moment he gave up on God; and his inability to remember the names of most of the women he’s cheated on his girlfriends with.

MILLENNIALS AREN’T KILLING TITTIES, WE’RE JUST CHANGING THE WAY WE SPELL THE WORD
The Extremely Online are destroying language — one tiddy (or tity) at a time.

SAYING GOODBYE TO THE FATHERS WHO CARRY CASH
In 2018, chivalry isn’t telegraphing “I can take care of you,” but rather, “I could if you wanted me to.”

SCENES FROM A DIVORCE PARTY
An attempt at providing comfort — for the strange new world the divorcé(e) is about to embark upon.

‘TRASHFIRE DADDY’ AND OTHER NAMES YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN IN YOUR EXES’ PHONES
Just be happy you’re not “I’m A Fucking Hot Mess Lunatic Wishy Washy Fickle Fuck.”

FAMILY PLANS FOREVER
Why millennials are still on their parents’ cell-phone plans.

HAVE YOU ENCOUNTERED THE CUCKBOI?
A feminist fuckboi, a softboy who grew up going to communist summer camps, a cuck who likes to fuck.

THE TROUBLE WITH #RELATIONSHIPGOALS
On the agony & ecstasy of sharing romantic love online.

THE EX-BOYFRIEND SHIRT
What to call that shirt when there are more exes than boyfriends.

FIFTY SHADES OF DADDY
How “Daddy” in the internet context can be anyone.

WHY MEN SHOULD EMBRACE SHORTS
Don’t let the haters convince you to keep your legs sheathed.

Fusion

WHAT IT’S LIKE WHEN YOUR TINDER DATE LIVES ACROSS THE US-MEXICO BORDER
In Tijuana, Tinder isn’t so simple, as it reaches across an impossibly complicated line.

WHY SNAPCHAT IS HELL FOR THE BROKENHEARTED
Online habits, like checking someone’s profile, die hard. And in 2016, the lovesick don’t just live among land mines; many of us “digitally cut” and purposefully seek out our own misery.

WHAT JUSTIN BIEBER’S NEW MALE FANS TELL US ABOUT THE MODERN MAN
With his latest album “Purpose,” the 22-year-old heartthrob has carefully shaped “Bieber fever” into something much more universal (and much less girly).

MEET THE ‘MEME SCIENTISTS’ WHO TRACKED THIS ELECTIONS CRAZY VIRAL PHENOMENA
“2016 is the year the right finally learned how to use the internet.”

Medium

THE RAT HAS A HUNGER
Reflections on a post-meme internet.

THE PINK GHETTO OF SOCIAL MEDIA
In news organizations, female leaders outnumber men in only one division. What does that mean for the future of women in the newsroom?

SEXT BUDDIES
Why this new kind of “fuck buddy” rules.

DRAKE-IFY YOUR LIFE
How the internet’s rapper wields soft power.

GIRL, SEND ME A FREXT
How female friends have turned sexting into an act of bonding and empowerment.

Wired

CAN WOMEN BUILD A BETTER TINDER?
A new crop of entrepreneurs are working on more effective ways to hook people up. Their advantage, when it comes to the tech they’re designing, is simple: They’re women.

Rolling Stone

DEATH ON LIVE-STREAM: HOW SOCIAL MEDIA CHANGED THE WAY WE MOURN
When police shootings are streamed live on Facebook and life stories are replaced with hashtags, how can we have any closure?

The Guardian

WEEZER’S PINKERTON AND THE INVENTION OF THE MANIC PIXIE DREAM BOYS
The LP laid the blueprint for emo and became a curse for a band whose fans never really forgave them for not following up their confessional masterpiece.

Gizmodo

MEN, PLEASE STOP MANTHREADING
These are people who want their ideas to take up the absolute most space possible. Like Manspreading, but of digital space.

Mother Jones

WELCOME TO CREATION, THE CHRISTIAN MUSIC FEST WHERE THE FLOCK ROCKS
Three stages, 50,000 believers, 4,000 altar calls—and plenty of merchandise.

MOTHERS, PLEASE LET YOUR BABIES GROW UP TO BE COWBOYS

At the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, an older generation is looking to pass the torch.

Pacific Standard

SURVIVING THE SECRET CHILDHOOD TRAUMA OF A PARENT'S DRUG ADDICTION
As a young girl, Alana Levinson struggled with the shame of her father's substance abuse. But when she looked more deeply into the research on children of drug-addicted parents, she realized society's "conspiracy of silence" was keeping her—and possibly millions of others—from adequately dealing with the experience.

The Nation

CONSCIENCE OF A YOUNG CONSERVATIVE
Can the Republican Party survive without the enthusiasm of its young supporters?

Esquire

ARE YOU A SHITTY SEXTER?
Four tips to turn your sexting into an art form.

NPR

”BACHELORETTE” BRACKETOLOGY
Like sports, with more crying.

Racked

INTRODUCING THE DAY TO NIGHT OUTFIT
Transitioning your look from day-to-night is a thing of a past. For women who get laid, the real problem is the reverse.

The Hairpin

THE BEST TIME I
Met Captain Jack Sparrow in Brazil.

Brooklyn Magazine

WHEN IS A BAR MORE THAN JUST A BAR?
On Sharlene’s.